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Species Cybocephalus nipponicus

Tiny Beetle - Cybocephalus nipponicus - male Coleoptera - Cybocephalus nipponicus Coleoptera - Cybocephalus nipponicus Coleoptera - Cybocephalus nipponicus Beetle - Cybocephalus nipponicus Beetle - Cybocephalus nipponicus Beetle - Cybocephalus nipponicus Beetle - Cybocephalus nipponicus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Cucujid series)
Family Cybocephalidae
Genus Cybocephalus
Species nipponicus (Cybocephalus nipponicus)
Explanation of Names
Cybocephalus nipponicus Endrödy-Younga 1971
Size
1.0-1.35 mm (apex of clypeus to apex of elytra)(1)
Identification
the only adventive cybocephaline in NA and our only sexually dimorphic species (males have a yellow to light brown head and pronotum or sometimes just a light brown head)(1)
Range
native to Southeast Asia, adventive elsewhere around the world; in our area, MA-FL-TX(1)
Food
Diaspididae (recorded feeding on a dozen armored scale genera)(1)
Remarks
was misidentified as C. binotatus and released in FL (1998) to combat the cycad aulacaspis scale(1)
Works Cited
1.The Cybocephalidae (Coleoptera) of America north of Mexico
Smith T.R., Cave R.D. 2006. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 99: 776-792.